Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Job Hunting is like the life of Pi

Few weeks ago, I've watched the movie the "Life of Pi" because my girlfriend keeps on insisting to watch it. To those who haven't seen it yet, I have to give you a spoiler alert so don't hate me after reading this post ok? ;) As I watch the movie, I can't help but relate on his life and realize many things that happened on the past and what's happening at the present.

During his youth, pi short for piscine was making fun of by his classmates because his name sounds like "pissing". He tried to change it to "Pi" pronounced as pie. His early attempts failed but he never gives up and memorized almost a whole blackboard of the value of Pi. To those who doesn't know or remember a Pi is a mathematical constant that has a decimal representation that never ends. Pi became a math legend on his school after that. Bottom line is, he turned a negative event to a positive one. 

I remember that time in College that I need to transfer to another school because of low grades on my previous one. I swear to myself that if given a second chance, I will change for the better and graduate. I did graduate with flying colors and met many amazing people during that time.

Back to the movie, Pi and his family needs to migrate to Canada because of a conflict with the Government in India. But as he went out of the room to see the animals, He finds out that the ship is sinking and he was thrown in a small boat by the sailors. After the storm, Pi found himself with animals like the hyena, orangutan, zebra and a tiger. Eventually, only the tiger survive and Pi needs to make the best out of resources available.

For me job hunting is like this. It's like you're on a small boat with a limited resources and during the interview you'll meet different people. There's the zebra, professional interviewers that wont notify you if you're not hired or they already hired someone. In short, they just don't care. The Hyena, interviewers that loves to laugh with you but say bad things behind your back. The orangutan, interviewers that will really help you like your parents and tell you the truth (if you're not hired). And lastly the Tiger, a strict and ferocious interviewer but will still consider you for the position you're applying for.

Oh by way, I'm still job hunting and sometimes I'm really losing hope and feeling anxious about it. But during these times, I realized many things that I've taken for granted. Now I appreciate and value my time and money more, because like Pi in that small boat I too have is making the most of what I have.There's a quote that the adult Pi said that I remember the most and helped me a lot. 

"Even when God seemed to have abandoned me, he was watching. Even when he seemed indifferent to my suffering, he was watching. And when I was beyond all hope of saving, he gave me rest. Then he gave me a sign to continue my journey." 

I do believe that everything happens for a reason and I know one day, God will give me that dream job I'm searching for.